About Labiaplasty and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can take a heavy physical toll on a woman’s body. While many of the changes associated with having a baby are temporary, others may be permanent. The labia enlarge in response to pregnancy-related hormones, and may also darken, stretch or tear during childbirth. Because of this, labiaplasty is often performed on women who have already given birth, either for cosmetic reasons or to repair damaged tissue.
After pregnancy, other appearance concerns and physical changes can also be addressed through cosmetic gynecology, including vaginal rejuvenation to correct lax musculature in the vaginal wall. It’s common to combine labiaplasty with vaginal rejuvenation either as a separate procedure or as part of a mommy makeover.
Dr. Placik performs labiaplasty to create a more proportionate look, which can be accomplished by reducing the size of the labia minora (inner labia) or reducing/augmenting the size of the labia majora (outer labia). Sometimes a combination of both approaches, with or without a clitoral hood reduction, will deliver the best results. In other instances, a C-section scar (Pfannenstiel incision) may contribute to or cause an undesirable fullness of the mons pubis, which can be treated with scar revision and/or liposuction. Poorly healed episiotomy scars may cause discomfort or an unacceptable appearance, which can be addressed with a perineoplasty in combination with the above procedures.
Labiaplasty is usually performed under local anesthetic, so you can return home the same day of your surgery. Dr. Placik and his staff will give you detailed instructions to follow during your recovery, and you should be back to work within about a week after your procedure.